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Meal Planning: The Best Love Stories Happen in the Kitchen
I love you!!
If we have not met, my passion is to educate and motivate others to achieve optimal health! I am here as a facilitator, but above all a support system to assist you in any way I can. I hope to help you identify, execute, and achieve your goals!
Isn’t it nice to feel the love? For my birthday this year, which is on Valentine’s Day, my team and I want to make sure you know how much we love and appreciate you. So, what can I give you that will help you the most. I mean what’s the one thing you can’t get back?
Time is our most precious finite asset. Money will come and go. Things will come and go. Jobs will come and go. Choose how you spend your time and invest in the relationships that really matter to you. I believe all relationships should be synergistic where everyone benefits from the dynamic.
Life doesn’t pause for spending hours every night making dinner, right? Dinner used to be the most stressful time of our day. In fact, I don’t even make dinner, I hate cooking. So how was I going to give my family healthy meals if I don’t cook. That’s when my wonderful husband stepped in and now he does all of our shopping and cooking. We turned dinner into a Love story with our family.
Meal prepping does take time. It will probably take more time than you’re used to, but the frequency is the key factor here. Instead of spending your time trying to decide what you’ll make for dinner, running to the store for ingredients, cooking, and cleaning up after, you could have everything already made for you.
You may be thinking that is when you would be choosing to go out to eat instead. However, consider the time choosing where you will be eating, ordering, waiting for it to be served, eating, AND driving home. This time is significantly longer than opening up your fridge, eating some food you’ve already prepared that you know you’ll love, and then having the rest of your night to relax!
Most preppers will take a block of time during their weekend to prepare for their whole week. You can pick a day and dedicate it to weekly shopping and cooking. Prepare as you please, put them in the refrigerator or freezer, and you are all set!
You would gain more time throughout your week AND preserve your energy.
For the first time in history, Americans are spending considerably more money at restaurants than they do on groceries. Even when utilizing coupons and daily specials, the markup is still an expensive buy.
Cooking at home, specifically in bulk, saves you a significant amount of money off your food expenses.
The intention behind meal prepping is so prepared food is readily available to you for at least a couple days. Therefore, you will be buying larger quantities of things at a better value.
Also, once you get into the habit of meal prepping, you will begin to recognize your staples that are essential to keep around. For example, if you ever see olive oil, brown rice, or dried beans on sale, you’ll be stocking up!
Do you buy any of your food in bulk now? My husband works at Costco, so you know we buy in bulk. He shops there and Trader Joe’s for all of our needs. All of our meals are gluten and dairy free, so this can be challenging. At first it was hard to pre-plan everything but now it’s super easy because we have been doing this lifestyle now for four years. We chose to go gluten and dairy free mostly because I had an autoimmune issue. I lost 60 pounds over the first year we decided to do this and I have kept the weight off since. Our family has not had any medications for the last 17 years because we believe food is medicine.
Speaking of grocery shopping...
Do you know how they say not to go grocery shopping when you’re hungry? Well, I think it should be, “hungry AND unprepared!”
Without a plan for your week, you are more likely to make impulse purchases that you otherwise wouldn’t have. (Don’t forget that the food industry has very powerful marketing campaigns, so going to the grocery store without a list leaves you more susceptible to falling for the ploys they use.)
I am the worst shopper because I buy based on impulse. My husband figured that out fast and decided to save us thousands of dollars by making him the primary shopper.
Directing your grocery shopping make it more productive, takes less time, AND saves you money.
The current standard diet of most Americans is composed of primarily processed food-like substances. However, it may not be that people are addicted to this junk food culture but addicted to the convenience of it all.
As I mentioned before, it takes a lot of time and energy to cook your meals every day. Most people choose to find the easiest option when they are tired at the end of the day. Unfortunately, this is often just fast food that can be brought home quickly on the way home.
The art of meal prepping fixes this problem. Having good food that you want to eat available at home can become the more convenient option. You won’t want to have to stop somewhere to get take out or wait in line at the drive-through when you have a better and easier option available.
You’ll naturally begin to eat healthier as you’re not relying on eating out being the easy route. Plus, you have full control on what you’re prepping rather than just ordering something when you’re at your hungriest!
Meal prepping has gained a lot of exposure in the health field, often by means of bodybuilders and fitness superstars. However, it is definitely not limited to only those focused on their physique, as it simply makes sense!
Unless you are weighing your food out at every meal, it is likely that you are eating more than you need. Thankfully, preparing your food ahead of time promotes portion control!
I can explain...
According to the U.S Department of Agriculture, the average American has experienced a 23% increase of daily calories between the years 1970 and 2008. That’s over 500 more calories a day!
Aside from that, it is not necessarily accurate to listen for when your body says you’re full. While this is appropriate for some, most people are not metabolically stable. This may be the case for a combination of reasons such as poor diets, malnourishment, dehydration, and even poor sleep.
Meal prepping helps tame overeating as a whole and makes you more conscious of accurate serving sizes. This leads to healthy weight maintenance!
Research has been proving the strain of always making decisions has on our brain. We are overstimulated with too many choices and our brains are exhausted trying to keep up. Behavioral psychologists have also focused specifically on the concept of “willpower,” which is explained to work like a muscle. As you use it a lot, it begins to fatigue.
This explains why people choose to splurge on junk food late at night, or in other words, when their willpower muscle is exhausted.
This is where meal prepping comes in! Meal prepping, or sparing your willpower and decision-making muscle, is improving the function of your brain. You will prevent decision fatigue by having only a couple options at a time and you are less likely to cave into last minute choices that you may not have made otherwise.
According to an American Chemistry Council survey, the average United States household throws away $640 of food per year. More than half of all households throw out food every week. This is very concerning.
Fortunately, planning your meals helps prevent excess food waste.
Having your meals packaged separately with accurate serving sizes ensures you will not fill your plate more than you can eat or forget about the leftovers you had in the fridge from the other night.
Good thing there is a solution to try to reverse this wasteful habit!
The benefits of pre-planning and preparing your meals sure do sell themselves!
Good thing it’s easy to get started!
- Take inventory of what food you currently have.
- Look up some fun recipes you want to try.
- Make a grocery list to get any ingredients you need.
- Once you get home sort the food into “cook now” and “cook later” piles.
- Wash and prep fruits and vegetables. Place them in containers to store in the fridge.
- Cook enough meat for 3-4 days and place in individual containers for each meal.
- Label everything!
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Efforts toward meal prepping add up!
Even if you are not ready to go all out next Sunday, here are some simple changes you can add to your routine now:
- Double up on dinners so you have leftovers as a meal for the next day
- Begin to chop up your produce in big batches if you plan to cook soon
- Start buying your staple ingredients, in bulk
- Make a large soup or stew and see how long it can last you
- Cook your grains all at once, such as quinoa or brown rice
There’s many different ways to incorporate a little preparation into your food routine and I’m sure you’ll reap the benefits!
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I hope my column speaks to you and you can wake up each morning with a purpose. What I do every day is a calling, and I give God the glory for allowing His gifts to work through me. I do believe in miracles, because I get to see them every day! If you would like to contact me with your health concerns email me directly at Dr@drcorinneweaver.com. For more information you can go to www.DrCorinneWeaver.com or sign up for my closed Facebook group #NoMoreMeds-Community for more healthy tips https://facebook.com/groups/1845828392308723 .
Dr. Corinne Weaver
Dr. Corinne Weaver is a compassionate upper cervical chiropractor, educator, motivational speaker, mother of three, and internationally bestselling author. In 2004, she founded the Upper Cervical Wellness Center in Indian Trail, North Carolina. Over the last 13 years, she has helped thousands of clients restore their brain to-body function. When she was 10 years old, she lost her own health as the result of a bike accident that led to having asthma and allergy issues that she thought she would always have to endure. Then, after her first upper cervical adjustment at age 21, her health began to improve thanks to upper cervical care and natural herbal remedies. This enabled her to create a drug-free wellness lifestyle for herself and her family, and she also enthusiastically discovered her calling to help children heal naturally.
Dr. Weaver was recently named one of Charlotte Magazine's "Top Doctors" in 2016 and is now a number-one internationally bestselling author to two books: Learning How to Breathe and No More Meds.
Upper Cervical Wellness Center is known for finding the root cause of health concerns through lifestyle changes, diagnostic testing, nutraceutical supplementation, and correction of subluxation (as opposed to just medicating the symptoms). The practice offers cutting-edge technological care at its state-of-the-art facility, including laser-aligned upper cervical X-rays, bioimpedance analysis (measures body composition), digital thermography (locates thermal abnormalities characterized by skin inflammation), and complete nutritional blood analysis, which is focused on disease prevention.